Give Your Eyes a Gift This Holiday Season

During this oddest of years, we haven’t been able to go out as much and travel has been mostly a no go. The one good thing to come from this is we’ve saved lots of money. People have been using this newfound cash to update their old couches, buy new computers, and the like.

But what about giving your eyes a little something for Christmas? At Wilkinson Eye Center, we have full-service optical shops in both our Pontiac and Clarkston locations. We have a wide assortment of popular brands and frame styles, sure to make your eyes open wide when they see these under the tree.

Sometimes the choices can be daunting. How do you know what frame shape is right for you? Let’s go through some of the factors to weigh when looking for new eyeglasses.

Shape matters

The shape of your face is why some eyeglasses that look great in the display case look wrong on your face. Blame it on simple geometry in some cases. Blame on the need for balance in others. Here are some general lines of thinking about the right frame styles that match the shape of your face.

  • Oval Face Shape — This is a longer vertical face with even proportions. To maintain this balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or even somewhat wider) than the broadest part of your face.
  • Heart-Shaped Face — This shape has a wide top third and a narrow bottom third. To reduce the visual width at the top of your face, choose frames that are wider at the bottom. Also, thin, light-colored frames or rimless frames are good options.
  • Oblong Face Shape — This shape is like a vertical rectangle with straight cheek lines. To make the shape shorter and to appear more balanced, look for frames that have more depth than width.
  • Square Face Shape — The width and length are roughly the same, with a broad forehead and jawline. If you want to lengthen the shape, try narrow frame styles that have more width than depth, or narrow oval shaped frames.
  • Diamond Face Shape — This shape is narrow at the forehead and jawline with board cheekbones. This shape is the rarest. To soften the cheekbones, try frames with detailing or distinctive brow lines. Rimless eyeglasses and cat-eye shapes can also be good.
  • Round Face Shape — Round faces have curved lines with the width and length in roughly equal proportions. If you want to thin the shape and lengthen it, try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face. Rectangular frames that are wider than deep are also good.
  • Base-Down Triangle — This shape has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheeks and chin. To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half of the frame. Cat-eyes are also good.

Now you’re ready to match your face to a new pair of eyeglasses just in time for the holidays. Call us at Wilkinson Eye Center, (248) 334-4931, or just stop in and check out your options in our optical shops in our Pontiac and Clarkston locations.

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